The City and Borough of Juneau’s recent study of whether to reopen the AJ Mine put a spotlight on the city’s drinking water supply. The old mine’s ore body sits adjacent to, atop and below the city’s main water source, Last Chance Basin. Opponents of rekindling the mine say it would put Juneau’s drinking water in jeopardy.
As Casey Kelly reports, one former city official and one who’s retiring soon think the city should explore alternative water supplies regardless of whether the AJ moves forward.
- Large projects can often be contentious, and two of the most debated state projects in the past few years have been the Knik Arm Crossing and the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project.
- Gov. Bill Walker announced an additional $10 million cut to the University of Alaska.
- The largest share of that cut is to the account the state uses to partially reimburse local governments for school bonds.
- Inmates will be moved to other corrections centers and halfway houses or possibly put on ankle monitoring, depending on the situation.